Question about 1996 Saturn SL
I just turned it on to find the power steering not working, also the transmission isn't working right because it wont accelerate when you step on the gas and the battery warning light is on.
You need to check your belt tensioner and serpentine belt for slack and listen for any whining noise. The two events of power steering not working and the battery light not working may be related if the belt is slipping.
The slipping on the alternator will also cause the transmission not to shift properly either since it requires a specific amount of voltage in order to shift properly.
If the belt is fine then check the battery terminals for the proper voltage. Take a multimeter to the terminals with the car off and you should get 12.5V, then start the car and let it idle and you should get 14.4V at the terminal. If either of those numbers are off (or both) then you have a failing alternator and/or battery.
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Speed Sensitive Power Steering
(SSPS) Warning Light
Your vehicle is equipped with Speed Sensitive Power Steering (SSPS).
This is a computer-controlled power steering assist system.
The warning light you are describing will come on briefly when you turn the ignition to ON as a check to show you the bulb is working.
Then it should go out after a few seconds. If the warning light does not come on, have it fixed so it will be able to warn you if there is a problem.
If the warning light stays on, or comes on while you are driving, the SSPS system may not be working.
Your computer will need to be scanned to determine what the problem is with your SSPS system.
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